Farewell, Chicago, From Amtrak No. 30

All signals  on the tracks leading into Chicago Union Station are red as seen from the rear of the departing eastbound Capitol Limited on Monday, March 10.

All signals on the tracks leading into Chicago Union Station are red as seen from the rear of the departing eastbound Capitol Limited on Monday, March 10.

I made a weekend trip recently to visit my father in downstate Illinois. As trips go, it wasn’t that long. I went out on Saturday and came back on Monday.

I was seated in the last car of the eight-car Capitol Limited. I would go as far as Cleveland, where we would arrive nearly an hour late due to freight train interference on Norfolk Southern.

The last rays of sunlight illuminated the Chicago Union Station complex as No. 30 began its trek to the nation’s capitol. Here are a few glimpses of what we left behind.

The Willis Tower looms over downtown Chicago as No. 30 continues its outbound journey. The bridge in the foreground carries the St. Charles Air Line, which is used by Amtrak's Illini, Saluki and City of New Orleans.

The Willis Tower looms over downtown Chicago as No. 30 continues its outbound journey. The bridge in the foreground carries the St. Charles Air Line, which is used by Amtrak’s Illini, Saluki and City of New Orleans.

Crossing the South Branch Bridge over the Chicago River, we are  nearly out of the CSU complex. The signals beyond the bridge are for CP Lumber.

Crossing the South Branch Bridge over the Chicago River, we are nearly out of the CSU complex. The signals beyond the bridge are for CP Lumber.

 

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